Denver: Ron Capps Saturday notes

CAPPS CLAIMS NO. 11 IN DENVER QUALIFYING MORRISON, Colo. (July 2, 2008) - Ron Capps qualified the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in No. 11 for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, posting his quickest pass of 4.253...

CAPPS CLAIMS NO. 11 IN DENVER QUALIFYING

MORRISON, Colo. (July 2, 2008) - Ron Capps qualified the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in No. 11 for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, posting his quickest pass of 4.253 seconds at 249.07 mph in the final session.

Running only to the 1000-ft. mark for the first time in NHRA pro nitro history, Capps' other passes were a 4.389/276.35 (No. 7), a 4.285/285.17 (No. 8) and a 4.936/159.34.

"Well, I can tell you we've got the biggest sleeper going into Sunday because I shut that car off quite a bit early in the last session and for it to still to run a 4.25 was pretty good,” said Capps. “I was disappointed that I did that. I am so conscious about hearing anything in this NAPA Dodge, especially up here on the mountain, that if you hear anything at all you're quick to react to get off the gas.

"I think what I heard was Zippy's (Mike Neff in the other lane) car going up in smoke next to me. I heard something and my brain said shut it off and I stayed with it for a second. When I did shut it off, as my foot was coming off the pedal, the motor still felt great. I looked out the side window and I could still see the 1000-ft. cone was coming up. I was pretty aware that I shut it off early. And I just got sick to my stomach because that's the run you are always waiting for.

"We tried to go that quick earlier today. Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) tried a whole bunch of different things this morning: a lot of things we've done here at DSR, some parts we made ourselves, and it ran great. And it pulled the tires loose almost at 800 feet, so we knew we had a great car, and we just kind of let the weather come to us.

"You look at the computer and this last run would have been close to what low elapsed time was (4.212 seconds). So, it's a disappointment to me, but it just tells me we have a great car for tomorrow. Like I told Ace, I feel so bad, but don't change a thing. We will roll this thing back up there tomorrow, and if I do my job we're going to have a great day."

As for racing to the 1000-ft. finish line for the first time: "It's a great thing for this weekend,” said Capps. “Not necessarily because of the shutdown area. I would say during the runs it's good because most runs up here on the mountain, even if you have a great car, still don't sound so good because they're trying to get as much air as they can in the engine. And it's very hard to stay on the gas when these cars don't sound good.

"So I think that the evidence is in how good and how quick the two sessions of qualifying went today. We had two sessions with no oildowns, car after car. I think the fans more than anything benefited by us running to 1000 ft. If I was a fan, I would think it was the most exciting day of qualifying to watch Top Fuel roll up and go pair after pair after pair, and again with Funny Car, pair after pair after pair, with no oildowns, no incidents. I think that's how you pay the fans back for the money they spend. I think we gave them great racing and I think they're real happy.

"That excites me because I know that if we keep the fans coming we're going to get to race some more."

Capps faces Bob Tasca III in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Bob Tasca III , Mike Neff